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Answering Robbi

Robbi asked me a lot of questions in the comments to my post about writing about Norway, and asked a lot of questions, which I decided were better answered in a post, rather than in the comments: Robbi: My friend and I were at dinner the other night, and she brought up Garrison Keillor. She […]

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A slight change

in the typeface. Trebuchet looks too annoying to me when there is a lot of text. Let me know what you think about the change!

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About writing about Norway

Over at Tim’s there are links to other American bloggers living in Norway or other places in Europe. One blogger Tim just linked to, a Norwegian, lets his American wife guestblog sometimes, to let readers see her new home country through her eyes. After reading some of her posts, I realized why I don’t write […]

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Mixed feelings

Via Alice I have learned of the blog Don to Earth making the rounds and gaining an understandably larger following. The 93-year-old man who writes it, writes well and, as Alice notes, thoughtfully. If I were to start reading another (new) blog at this point (I currently have little time for my regular reads and […]

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Star Trek or Explaining Science Fiction to Norwegians

Tim asked me a question a while ago: Does liking Star Trek make one a nerd, geek, dweeb, dork, etc.? I had mentioned Star Trek conventions and that’s what kicked that off. For the record: I have never attended a Star Trek convention, and even though it looks like some of the folks attending need […]

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It finally snowed!

It finally snowed! by thinkbigshrinktofit. Started this afternoon, kept up this evening, a quiet, gentle falling of white stuff, now over two inches thick. I never thought I’d be so happy to see the stuff, but I am. Squeeked under my feet as I walked home today, which means it’s fairly dry snow. (Streaks in […]

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Look to Norway?

Norway’s main selling points, even to its own inhabitants, are clean air, clean water, and clean living. We get our electricity from waterfalls (which is why you don’t see them cascading down the mountainsides any more); we get our water from mountain lakes (but lack proper cleansing of that water in many places); we love […]

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Sewers beat mold

I have always believed that the most significant medical discovery of the past century or so was penicillin. Perhaps I think that way since penicillin was a part of my childhood, prone to bronchitis and pneumonia as I was. But according to a poll by the British Medical Journal, the most important medical breakthrough of […]

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In the now – I nuet

Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live. —ECKHART TOLLE in “Science of Mind Magazine” October 2006 That one got me. It is an insane way to live. Eckhart goes on to […]

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A trail of salt

A trail of salt for pedestrians by thinkbigshrinktofit. Sravana expressed an interest in hearing more about Norway, so I thought I’d accommodate her. What you see in this picture (besides my apartment building on the left) is typical of winter in Bergen, Norway: After a good rain, comes a freeze, and those responsible for roads […]

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Meet one of the neighbors

One of the neighbors by thinkbigshrinktofit. Here is the white cat from an earlier post. She approached me, curious and friendly. She has lovely light hazel eyes and the tiniest ears. Her tail feels really thick with all that fur. As I was petting her, a teenage boy walked by, with something clicking on him […]

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My grandma was quite the reader and she read everything. In her bookshelves I found the treasures of Egypt, the fairytale of Soria Moria Castle, palm-reading, seeing Europe on $5 a day, the history of the US, dictionaries, atlases, art books, murder mysteries, and even Robert Anton Wilsons’ Illuminatus! trilogy. I happened to surf by […]

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The Pizza and the Mushrooms

One of my childhood memories is of home-made pizza. My mother would make pizza from scratch. Very tasty pizza. Her challenge was a husband that loved mushrooms on his pizza and a daughter who didn’t. My mother’s solution (she should run the UN): Sometimes a pizza with mushrooms, and I’ve have to pick them off […]

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I’m slow to update links because…

…I’ll sometimes start reading a blog regularly, think it’s a good blog and worth linking to, and then I lose interest. Takes a couple of months to test the permanency of a new find. So I read far more blogs than I link to and what you get on the left-hand side here is the […]

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Spying on the neighbors

A fluffy white cat and a short-haired striped red-and-white cat that I have seen before in the neighborhood are over by the aparment building across from me. They are having a Mexican stand-off at about 8 paces. The red cat approaches. The white cat stays put, but shows no aggression. They stay about 3 feet […]

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What do sharks smell like?

I read this (displayed below) and that’s the question that popped into my head. Anyone? And I don’t mean a dead shark, either. Anything marine and dead always smells like fish. So what’s a live shark smell like?

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Metafilter, metasurfing, metathinking

With way too much time on my hands, I am surfing the ‘net, jumping off from Metafilter, and making myself laugh at things like this: Q: How does an elephant get down from a tree? A: It doesn’t, you get down from a duck. (From http://paul.merton.ox.ac.uk/misc/elephants.html I liked the pair featuring ostriches, too. More jokes […]

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Someone else posted about me!

Which touched me quite a lot. Thanks, Gekko! (Now featured in my links.)

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Involunteering

Friday night, a freighter ran aground off the coast to the northwest of Bergen, breaking in two and releasing 300 metric tons of bunker oil. The sparsely populated municipality of Fedje, a beautiful archipelago, is doing its best to contain the oil and clean the shores. Extreme weather (i.e. this ain’t your grandmother’s storm) is […]

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Tapas

I found this via Beep and decided to do it: You Belong in Dublin Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions. You’re the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl… or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town. What European City Do […]